Distinction– The low-energy laser light that is used in the procedure is less traumatic than Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) which until recently was the standard response to this condition.
ALT causes tissue destruction and scarring of healthy cells surrounding the melanin-containing cells.
In comparison, SLT is selective and leaves healthy cells intact while destroying the targeted melanin-containing cells.
Suitability– SLT is for patients diagnosed with glaucoma and whose doctor has concluded that this is the appropriate procedure to relieve intro-ocular pressure.
Benefits– The procedure is less traumatic as compared to the conventional ALT. Since the laser is administered to selective melanin-containing cells, there is no collateral damage to adjacent cells and tissues.
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